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Wow, it has been a long time!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Well, HELLO, to anyone who is still subscribed to read my blogs. Wow, it has been almost a year and a half since I last posted a blog. Where on earth did the time go? So much has happened since I last blogged! The most exciting thing has been the birth of my second child in June 2012. He is beautiful and sweet and amazing and is the love of my life, along with my 3 YO daughter, and DH of course. Given how big a part of my life Spark has been, I cannot believe that I went through my entire pregnancy without writing a single blog. In contrast, when I was pregnant with DD, I blogged all the time.

I really have no good reason for being MIA for so long, other than life getting in the way. There has been a lot going on this year. This summer we also sold our house, and are currently "homeless." Not truly HOMELESS, but staying with family until we decide where our next move should be. This has been very stressful. We have outgrown the the house and wanted to sell it, but at the same time it feels surreal not having a house to call our own after 10 years of home ownership. So...lots of change. And I don't do well with change. Hence, many chocolate chip cookies have been consumed.

I gained almost 30 pounds this pregnancy. Currently, I have 15 pounds to lose to get back to my pre-pregnancy weight, and another 5 to get back to my original goal weight. I am going to work hard to get back to that number, but at this point I am not sure if it is a weight that will be sustainable for me. TIme will tell, but if it is not, I will let my body choose its happy weight and accept it. I definitely do need to lose the 15 pounds. The last 5? Well, we shall see. These are, what Jillian would call, the "vanity pounds."

Another BIG change is that I no longer have a gym membership. We stopped it just before my son was born because I knew I would not be allowed to work out for 6 weeks afterward, then we would be moving. This has been *very* hard for me to adjust to. I do a lot of walking, but I just don't think I am pushing myself, working hard enough and burning enough calories by walking alone. I do have DVDs at home but it is just not easy with small kids around. At the gym, I was able to take advantage of the child care and have this time to myself. And truthfully, I just do not enjoy the DVDs as much as I enjoy classes. Simply being inside the gym and having other people around who are also working out, even if I do not speak with anyone, makes my workouts more enjoyable. I am a social exerciser and miss the gym so very much, as well as the wonderful ladies in the Kids Zone who watched my daughter when I would bring her to the gym.

Well, it is good to be back here. I hope to reconnect with old Sparkfriends and make new ones. On a sad note that brought me to tears, when I first came back on here earlier this week, I found out that a dear Sparkfriend passed away in August. :( I went to her page to see how she was doing and saw all the messages of her passing. She was a beautiful person and a true inspiration. I have been thinking of her every day. RIP Nicole (NICOLE12-01). I will miss you.
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    Change is stressful. I'm here for you.


    2028 days ago
    Wow!! So glad to read such a great update! Lots of awesome BIG changes for you. Congratulations on the new bundle of joy :)
    2039 days ago
  • *AMBER512
    NIce to see you again! I haven't been as active on here anymore. I can't even remember the last time I posted a blog on here. Although I have started blogging on my own website ( if you want to know!) I've gained a few pounds back, but I don't want to go back, so I'm recommitting to watching my portions and getting my exercise in again!
    2041 days ago
    Hi and welcome back! I've recently found my way back here too, so I'm very glad to see you!

    Congrats on your second child! It sounds like you've had a lot of transitions in a very short time, so of course, you're stressed. Are there gyms in your area that you can join on a month to month basis? Or can you up your walking routine to include some jogging, maybe with a jogging stroller?

    I hope things get settled down for you soon! Keep me posted.


    2046 days ago
    Hi new sparkfriend. Welcome back !! I found your page the other day under the motivational area, I ran into your page twice. It was the second time I said I'm going to add her. You are so inspiring I love your journey and look forward to getting to know you as well. I'm so very sorry for the loss of your Sparkfriend :( I have had one once on here years ago too that has passed on in 2009.
    I wanted to tell you I too have 15 to 20 lbs to lose to get to my goal weight as well. I'll be fighting right there along with you to get them off !! emoticon We're going to emoticon no matter what. I have new skating dresses for up and coming events that have to look good on.
    Have a great Friday and emoticon to your new addition to your family over the last year. emoticon emoticon
    2046 days ago
    Yay! Congratulations and welcome back!!
    2046 days ago
    emoticon and welcome back! Good for you for returning with all that partially still going on ! Keep up your spirit, it will see you through!
    2047 days ago
    Welcome Back. Congrats on ur 2nd child!

    I've been gone for the last couple of months. Sometimes life just gets in the way.

    Much success to you on the 15 pounds.
    2047 days ago
    Welcome back!
    2047 days ago
    Welcome back and good luck on you weight loss!
    2047 days ago
  • JSMC10
    welcome back and congrats on your son :) things always happen for a reason and im sure there's a perfect house for your family about to come up soon :)
    2047 days ago
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